Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to ask the Trump administration to divert a $5 billion wall funding allocation to programs aimed at ending gun violence and “violent white supremacist extremism.”
A Democratic source told the Washington Examiner the New York Democrat plans to make the formal request “soon” and to increase pressure on the Trump administration to take action following three recent mass shootings.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has allocated $5 billion to advance the construction of a southern border wall by taking the money out of the Labor-Education funding bill, according to Roll Call. Democrats oppose the wall funding.
According to the source, Schumer will call for the $5 billion in wall money to be redirected to the Homeland Security Department’s counter-violent extremism programs, the FBI’s domestic terrorism investigations, and gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control.
“The dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism in this country are a national security threat plain and simple, and it’s time the Trump administration and Republicans in congress starting treating them as such,” Schumer said in a statement. “Now Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy.”